“A flickering lamp that lights the trails of time… my gleam ignites the sacred passions of a glorious past
Anegundi promises a classic journey back in time…historic bowl of great antiquity holding many mythological treasures; picturesque owing to an engaging mosaic of hills, boulders and confluence of rivers, and enticing for its simple village charms. Falling in the core zone of the renowned World Heritage Site of Hampi, Anegundi dates back 5,000 years, way before Hampi, and is believed to be the monkey kingdom of Kishkindha Kingdom of the monkey Prince Sugriva and the cradle place of the historic Krishnadevaraya dynasty of the glorious Vijayanagar empire. Anegundi is the cradle city of the erstwhile Kishkinda kingdom, and is also attributed as Lord Hanuman's birth place. Sri Ranganatha, a form of 'Lord Vishnu in his cosmic sleep' is the presiding deity of the village
in the epic of Ramayana.
Complimented with an inspiring landscape, this traditional village is rich in natural heritage as well. Surrounded by granite hills on three sides, it is bordered by river Tungabhadra on the other. Small whitewashed houses with wooden pillars line the petite streets and the small cosmos like valleys created by boulder hills are full of paddy and banana fields that are still fed by canals constructed in the Vijayanagara era!
Home to ancient temple complexes and stone sculptures that bespeak of a legendary wealth, Anegundi's architecture and heritage is relatively well preserved. Historically linked to the first administrative centres of Vijayanagara, which was an empire epitomising the golden age of India (reaching its zenith during 1510-1542 AD), Anegundi, which in Kannada means "elephant pit" is said to have been the place where the elephants of the Vijayanagara kings were kept.
With the help of The Kishkinda Trust (TKT) A non-governmental organisation, which has been working for the socio-economic and cultural enhancement of Anegundi through heritage conservation, is the implementing agency of Endogenous Tourism in Anegundi. It initiated the 'cultural conservation' programme and has set up restaurants, internet cafes and handicraft shops.
, the village has become a role model in heritage conservation and sustainable rural tourism.